Review: Tea Forte Hazelnut Truffle

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Thumbs up!"despite the name, the flavor is not ovewhelmingly hazelnut, but instead a good balance of cocoa and hazelnut flavors, with other ingredients such as coconut and roses adding a little zing"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
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Tea Forte's hallmark is the unique pyramid-shaped sachet. I was given one Hazelnut Truffle pyramid to sample, which I did at the first available opportunity. When I removed the wrapper from the pyramid, I noted that the contents smelled more of cocoa than hazelnut. This turns out to be not that surprising, since the ingredients list is as follows: black tea, organic cacao shells, roasted coconut flakes, rose buds, chocolate chips, (sugar, cacao powder, soy lecithin), rose petals, natural hazelnut flavor, and other natural flavors. I used boiling water and a three minute infusion. After immersing the pyramid in the water, I noticed that the tea was slow to infuse. By this, I mean that the water was not instantly colored, as is often the case when using bagged tea, particularly if the contents are very small broken bits and/or low quality. I took this slow-to-color infusion as a sign that overly small specks and dust were not the main ingredients of this tea, a fact which I later confirmed by opening up the pyramid post-infusion. The leaves were broken bits but of decent size. The tea brewed to a chestnut brown with a hint of opacity. The flavor was interesting in that despite the name, the flavor is not ovewhelmingly hazelnut, but instead a good balance of cocoa and hazelnut flavors, with other ingredients such as coconut and roses adding a little zing. The cocoa leads at the front of the sip while the hazelnut seemed more obvious in the finish. The tea was rather light-bodied, which also was unexpected, since I expected this tea to have more of a heavy body to accompany the decadent flavor. This tea is a self-drinker. It is naturally sweet, so it needs no sugar. And its rather light body made the addition of milk seem unnecessary. Because I enjoyed the drink, I attempted a second infusion with the same pyramid, but, as with most black teas, I wouldn't recommend this. The second infusion was certainly drinkable, but the flavor paled in comparison to the first infusion.
In all, this was a very tasty dessert tea. I don't think this has the best hazelnut flavor, but on the whole, this is a great dessert tea.

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